BMW teams and drivers after the third DTM race of 2012 at Brands Hatch

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Bruno Spengler (CA) of BMW Team Schnitzer claimed another podium finish at Brands Hatch (GB), while Martin Tomczyk (DE) finished in the points for BMW Team RMG and set the fastest lap time of the race: BMW Motorsport can look back on a successful third DTM weekend in Great Britain. Read here what the BMW team principals and the six drivers had to say after the race.

Charly Lamm (Team Principal, BMW Team Schnitzer):

Charly Lamm Team Principal BMW Team Schnitzer Brands Hatch DTM 2012

“That was another really impressive race from Bruno. We were a bit nervous towards the end when the front splitter on his car was damaged. After that he was lacking downforce, particularly in the right-handers, meaning he could not maintain his good pace. From this point on, it was all about defending his position against the cars pursuing him. It all worked out in the end though. For Dirk, it was important to get a solid race under his belt and again gain a lot more DTM experience, which he did. It is unbelievable that we have finished on the podium in two of the three races. BMW has built a really fantastic car. I think today’s podium finish also makes a great birthday present for Jens Marquardt.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM):

“What happened to Andy at his home race was very disappointing. He had an incident on the first lap that broke apart on the front of the car and, unfortunately, we could not continue. That was race over. With Augusto it was really difficult for him as we were trapped behind Adrien Tambay. We were clearly faster than him. We tried to overtake at the pit stop, but it was not possible today. In the end Augusto made a nice move when both him and Bruno passed Tambay, but basically we were slowed down in the first two thirds of the race and then it was over for us. In the end we learned a lot again, which was the goal for our first year. We now need to analyze this and we are looking forward to Austria.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG):

“We took another step forward at this race. Martin’s fourth place is a great result for us. Joey also put in a good performance. He is feeling more and more at home in the DTM. This good result means we will now travel to Spielberg with a lot of momentum.”

Bruno Spengler (car number 7, BMW Team Schnitzer, 2nd place):

Bruno Spengler #7 BMW Team Schnitzer 2nd place Brands Hatch 2012

“I am very happy with this second place. Gary Paffett was very quick, particularly in the first stint. Despite this, I was able to hang on to his coattails. It reminded me of my win at the Lausitzring, but with the roles reversed. It was a tough race. You do not have much time to take a breather in the cockpit. The team was brilliant again. The second stop was particularly good. My front-left splitter broke towards the end of the race, which made things a bit exciting. But we did enough. The season has been great so far. The three manufacturers are extremely evenly matched, which makes it fun for us drivers as well as the fans.”

Martin Tomczyk (car number 1, BMW Team RMG, 4th place):

Brands Hatch DTM 20th May 2012 Martin Tomczyk (DE) BMW M Performance Parts M3 DTM

“Generally speaking, fourth place in Brands Hatch is a good result for me and my BMW Team RMG. The pace of my car was very good today. I made a little mistake at the start, and my pit stops were not quite perfect. Maybe we could have had an even better result today. However, my team and I are getting better with every race. With that in mind, I am full of confidence for the challenges ahead.”

Augusto Farfus (car number 16, BMW Team RBM, 11th place):

“It is quite disappointing somehow, because we had a better pace than 11th. Unfortunately we could not use the strategy in our favour, however. We did two stops ahead of the others and came out in traffic each time. I never had a free track to try to get the guy in front of me. Car wise I think the balance was very good. Spielberg in two weeks gives us the opportunity to take better advantage of the car’s potential.”

Joey Hand (car number 2, BMW Team RMG, 13th place):

Joey Hand #2 BMW Team RMG 13th place Brands Hatch DTM 2012

“I got off to quite a good start. I think that was my best start so far in the DTM. After that, I got stuck in traffic and took a couple of hits. This is a really tough series, but I am getting better with every lap. My goal is to get in the top ten as soon as possible.”

Dirk Werner (car number 8, BMW Team Schnitzer, 16th place):

Dirk Werner #8 BMW Team Schnitzer 16th place Brands Hatch DTM 2012

“As expected, it was not easy to move through the field from 19th on the grid. A lot went wrong at the start, resulting in me dropping even further back. However, a good strategy and my team’s pit stops meant we were actually able to improve our position a bit. I am obviously not satisfied with my weekend, but I learned a lot again this time. I will try to use the experience I gained as much as possible in the next races. Congratulations to Bruno and everyone at BMW Team Schnitzer. They did a super job.”

Andy Priaulx (car number 15, BMW Team RBM, DNF):

Andy Priaulx #15 BMW Team RBM DNF Brands Hatch DTM 2012

“I just had some contact on the first lap, the whole front splitter was damaged and that was the end of the race. It was very unlucky and a disappointing weekend for me overall. That is motor racing and you just have to take it on the chin and move on. Overall I haven’t felt really comfortable from the first laps this weekend, and I just have to understand what is going on. We will come back next year and make amends.”

DTM standings after three of ten races.

Drivers’ Standings

1. Gary Paffett (68 points)

2. Bruno Spengler (43)

3. Mattias Ekström (35)

4. Jamie Green (34)

5. Mike Rockenfeller (25)

6. Christian Vietoris (20)

7. Martin Tomczyk (18)

8. Augusto Farfus (15)

9. Andy Priaulx (8)

10. Timo Scheider (8)

11. Miguel Molina (8)

12. Ralf Schumacher (7)

13. Edoardo Mortara (6)

14. David Coulthard (4)

15. Filipe Albuquerque (4)

Team Standings

1. THOMAS SABO / Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG (88 points)

2. BMW Team Schnitzer (43)

3. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (43)

4. Mercedes AMG (41)

5. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (33)

6. BMW Team RBM (23)

7. BMW Team RMG (18)

8. Audi Sport Team Rosberg (10)

9. DHL Paket / stern Mercedes AMG (4)

Manufacturers’ Standings

1. Mercedes-Benz (133 points)

2. Audi (86), BMW (84)


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